City of Heroes refugees have long since scattered across the internet, spread among emulators, other superhero titles, and indie games being built in the spirit of the original. But the community locus is still Paragon Chat, the player-run pseudo-emulator that allows gamers to log into a version of the game with travel, chat, and costumes – but few of the advancement and combat mechanics for which the game was known.
The fun part is that Paragon Chat sees not just community events but regular updates; for example, back in July, the volunteer devs implemented supergroup bases. In fact, some of the modders are working on creating new maps as well as unearthing unpublished maps from the original game. One such modder, Demon Hunter, is featured on a recent stream showing off his work on rebuilding the Rikti War Zone and Kallisti Wharf, the latter of which was apparently under construction by Paragon Studios for the never-released Issue 25. Currently, the maps themselves are available only as sideloading mods for your Paragon Chat install, but eventually, there will be a built-in patching system for this kind of content.
We’ve included the whole stream below!
MJ and I took a look at the supergroup base additions a few months ago; you can check that out too!